A reader praises the iPhone 5, launched by Apple CEO Tim Cook and musician Dave Grohl. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
A reader praises the iPhone 5, launched by Apple CEO Tim Cook and musician Dave Grohl. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Praise for shiny new Apple

I just read Parents are shamed into child car safety (September 20) and I think it is a wonderful thing that this Dubai nursery is doing.

I hope that, by identifying parents who don't secure their children in cars, they will save lives.

I also look forward to the day when it becomes compulsory for all children to be buckled up and there are strict punishments for those who don't obey, including a possible loss of their drivers' licences.

This rule already exists in many countries around the world and has been shown to be effective.

Everybody of the age to have young children grew up in a world where all cars are fitted with seat belts. They are not ignorant about what they are doing.

I once read a statistic that said most accidents occur within four kilometres of home. Sometimes a short trip can lull people into a false sense of security.

Perhaps the Government should offer incentives for people to buy car seats, such as a 50 per cent rebate if a pledge is signed attesting that it will be used every time a child is in the car.

The Government could also require that a booster seat be available in every taxi. These can be easily installed and removed in about a minute, and could be stored in the boot.

In the meantime, congratulations to this Dubai nursery for looking out for our most precious residents.

Lisa Martin, Dubai

Inspiring story of community spirit

I was greatly inspired by Hope from the ashes (September 21).

That so many people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, would rally to raise funding to replace a mosque burnt down by vandals in the small US community of Joplin is evidence that there is a great amount of good in the world.

While the interfaith activity that has occurred in Joplin since the fire is also encouraging, it is unfortunate that nobody has been arrested for the crime.

Sadly, this suggests that not only are there people willing to set fire to a place of worship and gathering, but that there are also some who are prepared to shield them.

Jane Rogers, Dubai

Making a good case for change

I was born and raised in the UAE, and I believe Reema Al Ahbabi's article Wish you were here ... but what would we talk about? (September 9) tugs at the core of certain social ways.

I live in the US now, and I relate to the article's sentiments. The writer has raised some key points about genuineness, religious and cultural expectations, and how people too often profile or categorise others.

I hope more people will read this article and take it upon themselves to bring about change.

F Lick, US

iPhone's features outweigh one fault

I don't think the Maps feature on the iPhone 5 is such a big disappointment as some people are saying (Apple's new Maps app is not so apt, September 21).

I am sure that, in due course, the Apple team will fix it. At the moment, users can just switch to Google's mobile maps application to address this issue.

Other than that, the iPhone 5 seems to be a fabulous device, with many new features. I would buy one today if I could.

S Premani, Dubai

Junk mail creates nothing but work

We all pay lip service to saving resources, caring for the environment and not littering the streets.

Yet every day my gate is covered with unwanted and unread glossy advertisements from organisations that should know better.

What is the point of this rubbish? Nobody reads it. All it does is provide employment for the street cleaners.

Mark Fisher, Abu Dhabi

New ways needed to voice concerns

I am writing in reference to TV in the dock over anti-Islam movie (September 19).

It is high time that governments in the West rein in those people whose acts of intolerance are perilous to the pluralistic social fabric of Europe, where people believing in different religions are living together in relative harmony.

For their part, Muslims should find different ways to air their grievances to prevent them from being portrayed as mad zealots.

Abdul Latieef, Abu Dhabi

Popular game left off the list

In your story about the Games 12 event in Dubai (Long queues as fans flock to video games show, September 21), you seem to have forgotten the biggest game of all - Halo 4.

Craig Perry, Dubai

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed


Wales 20-19 France

Wales: T: Wainwright, Moriarty. Cons: Biggar (2) Pens: Biggar 2

France: T: Vahaamahina, Ollivon, Vakatawa Cons: Ntamack (2)


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

Apple's Lockdown Mode at a glance

At launch, Lockdown Mode will include the following protections:

Messages: Most attachment types other than images are blocked. Some features, like link previews, are disabled

Web browsing: Certain complex web technologies, like just-in-time JavaScript compilation, are disabled unless the user excludes a trusted site from Lockdown Mode

Apple services: Incoming invitations and service requests, including FaceTime calls, are blocked if the user has not previously sent the initiator a call or request

Connectivity: Wired connections with a computer or accessory are blocked when an iPhone is locked

Configurations: Configuration profiles cannot be installed, and the device cannot enroll into mobile device management while Lockdown Mode is on

A little about CVRL

Founded in 1985 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) is a government diagnostic centre that provides testing and research facilities to the UAE and neighbouring countries.

One of its main goals is to provide permanent treatment solutions for veterinary related diseases. 

The taxidermy centre was established 12 years ago and is headed by Dr Ulrich Wernery. 


6pm: Al Maktoum Challenge Round-1 – Group 1 (PA) $50,000 (Dirt) 1,600m
6.35pm: Festival City Stakes – Conditions (TB) $60,000 (D) 1,200m
7.10pm: Dubai Racing Club Classic – Listed (TB) $100,000 (Turf) 2,410m
7.45pm: Jumeirah Classic Trial – Conditions (TB) $150,000 (T) 1,400m
8.20pm: Al Maktoum Challenge Round-1 – Group 2 (TB) $250,000 (D) 1,600m
8.55pm: Cape Verdi – Group 2 (TB) $180,000 (T) 1,600m
9.30pm: Dubai Dash – Listed (TB) $100,000 (T) 1,000m


Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others


All times UAE (+4 GMT)

Nice v Angers (9pm)
Lille v Monaco (10.45pm)

Montpellier v Paris Saint-Germain (7pm)
Bordeaux v Guingamp (10pm)
Caen v Amiens (10pm)
Lyon v Dijon (10pm)
Metz v Troyes (10pm)

Saint-Etienne v Rennes (5pm)
Strasbourg v Nantes (7pm)
Marseille v Toulouse (11pm)

The Specs

Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol
Power: 118hp
Torque: 149Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Price: From Dh61,500
On sale: Now

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

The specs: 2019 Mini Cooper

Price, base: Dh141,740 (three-door) / Dh165,900 (five-door)
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder (Cooper) / 2.0-litre four-cylinder (Cooper S)
Power: 136hp @ 4,500rpm (Cooper) / 192hp @ 5,000rpm (Cooper S)
Torque: 220Nm @ 1,480rpm (Cooper) / 280Nm @ 1,350rpm (Cooper S)
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.8L to 5.4L / 100km

Brief scoreline:

Manchester United 2

Rashford 28', Martial 72'

Watford 1

Doucoure 90'

Living in...

This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home.

Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5


Director: Tamer Ruggli

Starring: Nadine Labaki, Fanny Ardant

Rating: 3.5/5

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

The biog

Family: Parents and four sisters

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing at American University of Sharjah

A self-confessed foodie, she enjoys trying out new cuisines, her current favourite is the poke superfood bowls

Likes reading: autobiographies and fiction

Favourite holiday destination: Italy

Posts information about challenges, events, runs in other emirates on the group's Instagram account @Anagowrunning

Has created a database of Emirati and GCC sportspeople on Instagram @abeermk, highlight: Athletes

Apart from training, also talks to women about nutrition, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5